The History of Capitalism at University Presses

Writing in the Sunday New York Times, Jennifer Schuessler (“In History Departments, It’s Up With Capitalism”) examines the focus on the history of capitalism by a new generation of scholars. The support of university presses has been key to the new discipline’s development, as editors see innovative scholarship and exciting new topics in recent dissertations. (This is no surprise to AAUP: the work of university press editors has often been foundational to emerging disciplines, such as African-American studies, postmodernism, queer studies…the list goes on.)debtor-nation

Schuessler features a number of UP books and series, including:

And there are, of course, more such titles from these and other university presses that are helping to shape the new history of capitalism.

The study of the history of capitalism is deeply intertwined with other topics in historical scholarship, and readers will find much that is relevant in several AAUP Books for Understanding resources, including book lists on Financial Crises, Economic Inequality and Justice, Slavery and Jim Crow, and the social safety net.

3 thoughts on “The History of Capitalism at University Presses

  1. Please add Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good by Steven Fenberg (Texas A&M University Press, 2011), a biography of the former chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corp., who saved farms, homes, banks and businesses; built infrastructure; set the price of gold with FDR each morning in the president’s bedroom; and in the process made a substantial profit for the government. URL:,6770.aspx

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